Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Allegory of an American Christmas

(after the painting by Salvador Dalí,
1934)

What if the earth
Were really an egg
And the egg
Coming first
Like a mother hatching
Her child
Cracked open
To reveal a continent
And the continent
Conceived
A corn husk doll
Without a face
But something else
And the something else
Would speak
If it could
In many tongues
But it had no tongue
Would pray
In many ways
But it had no knees?

It would be Christmas,
Of course,
In America.

--Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  He has published numerous ekphrastic poems throughout the world, as well as in five chapbooks, the most recent of which is Mirrors of Miró: Ekphrastic Reflections of the Art of Joan Miró.  He has a special affinity to art that is bizarre and surreal.

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